November 3, 2021
Through an innovative learning community, Hopewell Elementary teaches the whole child by building trusting relationships, creating high expectations and celebrating differences.
Hopewell Elementary is a learning community dedicated to the success of every child.
School Phone: 816-359-4410
Principal: Dr. Melissa Hensley
Assistant Principal: Dr. Megan Brethower
Administrative Assistant to the Principal: Debbie Rich
Administrative Assistant- Attendance: Marci Wettstein
Nurse Melissa Burghardt
If you need to make transportation changes, please contact the office prior to 3:00 pm. this will help the office ensure that dismissal goes smoothly and minimize the chance of possible miscommunication.
Working for 100% Parent Teacher Conference Participation!
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Now that it's possible to get our younger students vaccinated, we can start looking at potential updates to our health and safety precautions, depending on the level of cases in our area.
For families who choose to participate, the clinic for the first dose would be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 at Congress Middle School. The clinic for the second dose would be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11 at Congress. The students would be considered fully vaccinated on Dec. 25.
To get a vaccine at this clinic, the child must be a Park Hill School District or St. Therese School student and must be between five and 11 years old. The health department will not have any of the doses for older children or adults at this clinic.
The Platte County Health Department has an online sign-up form. Families who want to participate should sign their children up ahead of time. During the final hour of the clinic, if there are any doses left, they might be able to help walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you need help filling out the sign-up form or need any other assistance to be able to participate, contact our school nurse, Melissa Burghardt at 359-4414.
Several local pediatricians will attend the clinics to be on hand if families have any questions.
Entertainment and Support:
High-school student volunteers from the A+ program will be available to help entertain and support the younger children while they wait for 15 minutes after the vaccination.
- Only two guests per student
- Seating will be set for social distancing
- Masks will be required
4th GRADE MUSICAL - Thwaked!
Tuesday, November 9th at 6:30 pm
Please enter through Door 11, our east side, bus entrance; doors will open at 6:15, no earlier. Students will proceed to their classrooms.
Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) Days for Park Hill
The state allocated five AMI (alternative methods of instruction) distance learning days, which means that on bad weather days, all students will learn from home from 9 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. On the sixth bad-weather day, we will call a snow day, which would mean all students, even Park Hill Online Academy students, will not have school.
Curriculum Connections for November
Check out the linked Curriculum Connections below to see what our Hopewell Hawks will be working on in each subject area in November! We want to share the learning topics at all of the grade levels so that you are familiar with what topics and content are taught this month! Your child's teacher is always happy to provide more details should you have questions!
- School Counselor Referral: If you’d like Mr. Wideman to talk with your child or call you, reach out to him by email (email@example.com), phone (816-359-5589), or by filling out the form at this link: School Counselor Referral
- Counselor lessons: Over the past month, we have wrapped up our lessons on safe and unsafe substances. Each grade level has unique lessons based on developmental needs. In the younger grades, we talk broadly and generally about asking a safe adult before you play with something, take medicine, or put something in your mouth. In the older grades, we placed an emphasis on being drug-free, what that means, and why our Hopewell Hawks want to be drug-free.
Deadline Coming Soon: Friday, November 12th!
Our PTA does an amazing job supporting our Hawk community. We want to encourage you to join our PTA. The PTA is comprised of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools.
Personal membership: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/personal-memberships
Business membership: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/business-memberships
Staff membership: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/staff-membership-57738
NEW Birthday or Classroom Treats
New Birthday Treat Guidelines
Because of food and labor shortages, our Nutrition Services department can no longer provide birthday treats after Friday, Sept. 17.
If you already ordered treats, we will be able to fill orders that were scheduled to go out this week.
We apologize for the inconvenience, but we must cancel any birthday treat orders that were scheduled to go out on Monday, Sept. 20 or later. If you need a refund, please let us know by calling the Nutrition Services department at 816-359-4090.
Approved Birthday Treats:
We will start allowing families to send birthday treats if they want to do so, as long as they come from our list of treats that contain none of the major allergens.
Thank you for understanding that all classroom treats must come from this list, because we do not have the staff capacity to check for allergens that could threaten the health of some students.
Please bring birthday treats ahead of time (two hours after the start of school, at the latest).
· Crazy straws
· Blow Pops
· Juice boxes
· Dum Dum lollipops
· Jelly Belly
· Ring Pops
· Sour Patch Kids
· Swedish Fish
· Life Saver Gummies
Bus and Car Rider Lanes
Arrival and Dismissal
- Students may arrive at 8:50 am. Students may not enter earlier unless attending a before school club, because there is not adult supervision until 8:50 am.
- As soon as busses and car riders arrive at 8:50 am, they may go straight to their classroom or stop at the cafeteria for breakfast.
- Breakfast is served from 8:50 to 9:10 am.
- Instruction begins at 9:10 am.
- We begin dismissal at 3:50 pm to allow for student travel time within the building for our 4:00 pm dismissal. For example, car rider students walk to the cafeteria for dismissal and Adventure Club to the gym.
- Please remember the first several days of school dismissal will take longer. We doublecheck all bus rosters and placards for car riders.
- The first day of school each family will receive a placard. Whoever is picking up the child should have this placard to ensure the safety of our children.
- As you arrive in the morning, there will be one car line with staff members assisting students exiting from cars. Please wait for a staff member to assist your student before they get out of the car.
- At dismissal, there will be a double lane of cars to help expedite pick up.
- Bus information will be available in the parent portal on Tuesday, August 17th.
- Masks are to be worn on the bus.
Change of Transportation
Please have any change of transportation called into the office no later than 3:00 pm. This is to help ensure accurate communication in a timely manner.
Breakfast and Lunch Information
The Park Hill School District participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast program, which is a UDSA (United States Department of Agriculture) program. Currently, the USDA has approved a 2021-22 waiver which allows all children 0-18 in the Park Hill district boundaries to receive free breakfast and lunch daily while school is in session. We have more details here.
For more information about school lunch, please visit the link below: